Roc Nation head Jay Z‘s mega star client Kevin Durant is reportedly on the verge of cashing-in on a possible Under Armour contract worth nearly $300 million.
According to reports, KD could land a deal for ten years worth between $265 million and $285 million with the popular sportswear line.
The deal includes Under Armour stock and other incentives, such a community center built in his mother’s name, whose exact worth will not be known for some time. Nike, which saw its signature business related to the Oklahoma City Thunder forward grow to roughly $175 million at retail last season, will have the right to match, which is a condition of Durant’s current contract with the brand. Durant can still choose Nike if it doesn’t match but can’t legally choose Under Armour if Nike does. (ESPN)
Young Hov was reportedly concerned with looking out for his Roc Nation client’s interest and suggested he bail out on Team USA.
Team USA is only the latest entity to be left with a sour taste after dealing with Durant and his latest agent. The folks at Nike aren’t exactly happy. The folks at Gatorade already were unhappy. “It’s like Jay-Z is determined to do a scorched earth negotiation with everyone Kevin Durant is currently aligned with, and they aren’t doing him any favors,” one source close to Durant told SheridanHoops on Friday as Team USA prepared for its first exhibition game in preparation for the 2014 World Cup. (Sheridan Hoops)
Some reports claimed a $30 million contract offer and KD needing time away from serious competition were the top reasons for his withdrawal.
The comments looked at through a Durant lense would lend itself to talks that KD is being courted by Under Armour for more than $30 million per season. But the Durant withdrawal statement from Aug. 7 cites Durant needing “to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season.” (News OK)
Last year, KD said his Oklahoma City Thunder fans did not need to worry about Jay Z trying to lure him to another basketball team by signing him to Roc Nation Sports.
“He has nothing to do with if I’m going to leave OKC or none of that. I heard that before, so put that out on the table. He has nothing to do with that. He knows his lane with me. Their team knows their lane with me. And they’re letting me handle the basketball part. I would tell fans not to worry about that at all.” (The Oklahoman)